NAWG Weekly Updates, February 17, 2022
NAWG Annual Conference Registration Closes Tomorrow!
Don’t forget to register for NAWG’s Annual Conference and Commodity Classic. This year the event will take place in New Orleans, LA, March 8-12, 2022. Registration for NAWG’s Annual Conference and Commodity Classic are separate. If you plan to attend any part of the Commodity Classic tradeshow or NAWG’s Annual Conference, you must register for both. NAWG’s Annual Conference registration will close tomorrow, February 18, 2022. Registrations, agendas, and COVID-19 resources can be found on NAWG’s Annual Conference / Commodity Classic website page.
NAWG Attends Crop Insurance Annual Conference
NAWG’s Vice President of Policy and Communications, Jake Westlin, participated in the commodity panel at the AACI/NCIS Annual Crop Insurance Conference in Indian Wells, California. The panel discussed the top issues that each organization is facing, how we are preparing for the 2023 Farm Bill, and how USDA’s focus on climate change and conservations have impacted the priorities of ag groups in Washington, DC. In regard to crop insurance discussion, Jake stated “Crop insurance is one of our most important tools for our growers in terms of protecting their yield as well as their revenue.” Find out more information about the panel here.
NAWG CEO Comments on Snake River Dam Removal
NAWG CEO, Chandler Goule, made comments about the ongoing debate regarding the proposal to remove four Snake River dams. Goule stated that no language to breach any dam has been proposed by any member of congress. NAWG representatives and other Snake River coalition groups met with staff from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee representing waterways on February 9, 2022. After meeting with Simpson last November Goule stated that they did not come to an agreement but came to an understanding that NAWG would work against this proposal. Goule is not convinced that environmental groups could get around congress but recognizes they are still a threat. Find the full article here.
NAWG Joins Groups in Seeking to Retain Lorsban
NAWG joined with other agricultural groups in legal action seeking to retain the use of Chlorpyrifos/Lorsban. Last year, EPA took action to revoke the tolerances (pesticide residues) on food crops beginning on February 28, 2022. NAWG along with several other commodity organizations took legal action last week, asking the courts to base decisions on EPA’s own science that determined the use of Chlorpyrifos met safety standards. EPA released proposals last year that would allow for the continued use of Chlorpyrifos in wheat production in certain states. Find the full article here.
President’s Reception / WheatPAC Auction
If you are attending Commodity Classic, you are invited to attend the President’s Reception and participate in the WheatPAC Auction. Early bird tickets are available now at Commodity Classic 2022 WheatPAC Auction. The silent auction bidding will be conducted through an online portal so you can still participate if you are not coming to Commodity Classic.
GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS
Producers with Crop Insurance to Receive Premium Benefit for Cover Crops
Agricultural producers who have crop insurance coverage are eligible to benefit from a new pandemic cover crop program if they planted cover crops during the 2022 crop year. All cover crops reportable to FSA are eligible and include cereals and other grasses, legumes, brassicas, and other non-legume broadleaves and mixtures of two or more cover crop species planted at the same time. Find the full press release here.
U.S. Trade Representative Annual Report on China’s WTO Compliance
The USTR report to congress outlines China’s membership in the WTO, addresses the problems posed by China, how effective our strategies are to combat them, the need to update strategies to become more beneficial, and discusses specific problematic Chinese policies and practices. Find the full report here.
Agricultural Producers Have Until March 15 to Enroll in USDA’s Commodity Safety Net Programs
Agricultural Producers who have not enrolled on the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2022 crop year have until March 15, 2022, to sign a contract. If not enrolled by the deadline producers will not receive a payment if triggered. For more information on ARC and PLC visit the ARC and PLC Program Website. To find the full press release click here.
Bayer Glyphosate Production Shortfall Impacts Deliveries
Bayer sent out a Force Majeure announcement for customers on Friday. Force majeure is used to protect companies from liability in case an unforeseeable event occurs. Bayer stated that its ability to supply customers with glyphosate or glyphosate-containing products has been impacted by their production plant going offline. Find the full article here.
NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS
National Wheat Foundation Annual Meeting
The Foundation’s Annual meeting is coming up in New Orleans on Tuesday, March 8th at 9 am central time. Please join us as we have guest speakers on the High Yield=High Quality project and the Nutrition Through Wheat task force. We will discuss the financials and the FY23 Budget. You will learn about the quality of the wheat samples from the 24 National Winners of the Yield Contest. You are also invited to the reception to celebrate the 2021 Contest Winners, on March 9th at 7:30 pm at the New Orleans Marriott, Studio 7-10.
National Wheat Yield Contest Opens for 2022 Contest Entries
The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting grower enrollment for the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest! The contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. Winter Wheat entries are due May 16 and Spring Wheat entries are due August 1. There is a discount for early entries; by April 15 (winter wheat) or June 15 (spring wheat). Early entries are encouraged as they help our sponsors who pay for the entries with vouchers and our contest administrators. Read more about the contest here or to enter go online to yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org.
Good to Grow Podcast: Downy Brome and Kochia on the Move
Wheat growers are battling with weeds in areas they’ve never needed to before. Downy Brome and Kochia are two weeds that have their migration footprint. Tune into this episode of Good to Grow as Kirk Sager, technical service manager for FMC, explains the migration habits of these weeds and the action required to limit weed resistance and migration in the future. Find the podcast link here.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
– The Daily Evergreen
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